This is one of Jean's beautiful dolls from her collection.


Where Dames Create: Connie's Studio

One of our TDD member's studio was featured in Studios magazine. We were excited to see one of our own in national print and it was fun to see how she and other artists make a small space work for their creative endeavors. So we thought it would be fun (for us and you, too!) to see where the Dolling Dames create. Connie volunteered to go first, so welcome to the first edition of Where Dames Create!
This is a multi-interest hobby room. The re-purposed bakers rack was painted white and holds bins of scrapbooking/card-making supplies. A former spicerack was also painted white & now holds an assortment of glitter & embossing powders. A computer with two monitors is used for a zillion things: digitizing embroidery patterns, editing pictures, watching The Young & Restless, and of course, Blogging! The room is painted a cheerful yellow with white trim. Two 4' folding tables can be stored when not in use or moved around the room as needed. Connie's handy-man hubby built the L-shaped workstation. There's room for the tv, sewing machine (not pictured, was in for a tune-up at the time), serger, and assorted sewing baskets.These vintage aluminum glasses are perfect for storing paintbrushes, colored pencils, and sculpting tools. The 30-year old baby dresser was painted some fun colors and is practical as well as sentimental. It holds thread cones, stablizers, silk painting supplies, glue guns, etc. A laminate floor is perfect for this kind of room. Easy to maintain and no worries about pins hiding in the carpet. The workstation has a polka-dot curtain velcroed to the edge (easy removal for changing things up!) It hides the computer, sewing machine tote, and shelves for storage baskets.
A wicker basket holds favorite magazines.The closet is outfitted with wire shelving and this is where you'll find the fabric stash. It's organized & easy to see what you've got when inspiration hits. The shelves are adjustable, so convenient for re-arranging as needed, should the stash just suddenly multiply!
A white wicker corner etergere doesn't take up a lot of room and is great for displaying dolls, silks, and other mementos.
But it wasn't always so neat & tidy. To read the rest of the story about this room, click on over to Mystical Gypsy!


New Year ~ New Dolls!

The holidays are behind us and frosty days are here. Time to snuggle in a nice, warm sewing room and create! Here's what our Dolling Dames have been up to: Carlyn re-purposed a doll from some pieces Daria gave her and turned it into one of her clever marionnettes!
Jack's Hoffman entry returned home. A good reminder that this year's challenge fabric is now available and it's time to start on your 2011 entry!Joyce made the January drawing prize - a sweet smelling lady in pink roses & lace.She was won by Shauna, who also brought a "pretty in pink" creation. (I don't remember who made this next lacy beauty, but will correct this entry when I find out)
Laurie finished her Prim!

And meet Shirley's "Phidias", from an Alison Marano pattern. Isn't he adorable?

Be sure to check back soon -- we're going to do our first Studio Tour of "Where Dames Create" It will be so much fun!